Shortage of your own website or domain – registration in a kind of public directory with personal information. Anyone can browse the site and immediately see the owner, as well as his contact information. It’s okay until marketers and fraudsters start looking for you.
How many times have you seen an e-mail from an unknown person who claims to be able to fix problems with your blog or website’s SEO? Probably often.
If you are not careful, you may end up voluntarily giving away confidential information by “opening the door” to hackers and unscrupulous people. This is why it is important to recognize and understand common scams in order to protect yourself and your resource.
Fraud with extortion
Recently, fraudsters have started targeting site owners through extortion. They threaten to blacklist a website or domain for non-compliance. The threat is quite simple. You have to pay (usually in encryption), otherwise they will ruin the reputation of your site.
Fraudsters claim they will do it through mass manipulation. They will post a bunch of offensive messages and comments on forums, on sites with reviews, send hundreds of emails to advertisers. The idea is to cause indignation on a large scale, to induce users to treat the resource negatively.
In addition, they can target the website using DDoS or distributed denial of service attacks.
SEO Marketing Fraud
Every domain owner may face such fraud. Attackers claim to be from a well-known marketing agency, and promise to increase the popularity of your site and improve the rating of search results.
Then you pay them money and can provide administrative access to your site. In the end: stealing the entire site or personal data of your visitors.
The best way to avoid this is simply to ignore all the “cold” letters about content marketing and SEO improvements. If you need such services, you will still spend time on your own studying potential companies.
If you are interested in an email, look for contacts and feedback about the company. If it officially provides such services and enjoys authority among users, you can work with it.
Web Design Fraud
The scam is aimed at web developers and designers who have their own web resource.
The scammer acts as a potential client, requesting web design and development services. He starts by making an agreement with you and then pays a large amount of money to your company. He then reports that he “made a mistake” by paying more than he needs. Then he persuades you to agree to give the “extra” money to a third party. It is usually another “intended” agency (a consultant or design colleague).
Now you have a large amount of money. You also gave a large amount of money to a fake agency or partner.
The fraudster then uses the stolen card or fraudulent information to make the initial payment. When this is eventually challenged by the real cardholder or cancelled, you are responsible for the money transferred to a third party.
Never obey the requirements of fraudsters. There is no guarantee that they will do what they threaten to do. There is no point in making an effort with a site whose owner does not respond to threats. In the end, they will not get any benefit.
If you noticed in your box a suspicious letter suggesting that your site will take off in a week in search or threats that he will be hurt, just mark the letter as SPAM and delete it forever.
For your peace of mind, you can ask on the Web who is behind the e-mail address from which the letter came.